ELEVEN local players including Fiji sevens star Samisoni Viriviri have been named in the 39-member Vodafone Flying Fijians squad for the upcoming June Tests.
Flying Fijians head coach John McKee yesterday announced the squad at the Fiji Rugby House in Suva after spending time in the past three months tracking players while taking helm as the High Performance Unit manager.
Former Flying Fijians lock Simon Raiwalui is also sending fortnightly updates of players in Europe which assisted in the selection.
"This is a very strong squad with a good mix of experience and young players who are in top form and looking forward to coming down to the June Test series," he said.
"I have been spending time in the last three months in my role as HPU manager to track overseas-based players as well as local players who are training locally."
McKee has named Toulouse loose forward Akapusi Qera to continue with the responsibility as captain.
He said the focus was each match of the June Test series and also winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying match against Cook Islands at Churchill Park in Lautoka on the 28th.
McKee will name his assistants next week. The local players will go through intensive training from May 19 while the whole squad marches into camp on the 28th.
Flying Fijians squad: Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Campese Ma'afu, Sunia Koto, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Bill Veikoso, Isei Colati, Manasa Saulo, Setefano Samoca, Wame Lewaravu, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Rupeni Nahiga, Domoniko Waqaniburotu, Malakai Ravulo, Akapusi Qera, Nemani Nagusa, Netani Talei, Nikola Matwalu, Nemia Kenatale, Jonetani Ralulu, Levani Botia, Adriu Delai, Nemani Nadolo, Vereniki Goneva, Napolioni Nalaga, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Waisea Nayacalevu, Sireli Bobo, Metuisela Talebula, Timoci Nagusa, Sione Kolo, Leroy Atalifo, Sekonaia Kalou, Apisai Naikatini, Nemia Soqeta, Emori Waqa, Henry Seniloli, Watisoni Votu, Samisoni Viriviri